A look at the unsung American worker, and the unusual but vital vocations that must be done. There's a lot to learn as host Mike Rowe introduces viewers to an elite assortment of men and women who make their living doing the most unthinkable jobs.
- 1. Snake ResearcherNovember 27, 200641minTV-14SubtitlesEnglish [CC]Audio languagesEnglishMike Rowe wrangles some water snakes, steps into the shoes of hard working bait and lobster fishermen in Maine and opens the viewer mail bag which results in some seaweed trimming.
- 2. Penguin KeeperDecember 4, 200644minTV-14SubtitlesEnglish [CC]Audio languagesEnglishMike Rowe joins a rowdy construction crew in California and learns the art of concrete stamping. Then he takes care of some penguins in New Orleans and wades into the muck and mire of a tidal flat in Maine to go digging for bloodworms.
- 3. Bell MakerDecember 11, 200642minTV-14SubtitlesEnglish [CC]Audio languagesEnglishMike Rowe rolls up his sleeve and gets dirty making giant bells at the McShane Bell Foundry. He also gets down and dirty with the US Army Corps of Engineers as they conduct yearly maintenance on a hurricane barrier that was raised from the ocean's floor.
- 4. Mosquito Control OfficerDecember 18, 200642minTV-14SubtitlesEnglish [CC]Audio languagesEnglishFrom gutting mold-infested houses to exterminating disease-ridden rats and mosquitoes, Mike has got his work cut out for him. He gets dirty helping New Orleans locals restore, rebuild and revive their city in the aftermath of Katrina.
- 5. Bug BreederJanuary 8, 200742minTV-14SubtitlesEnglish [CC]Audio languagesEnglishMike Rowe joins forces with a California stump removal service that's on a mission to eradicate the country of dead stumps. Then he gets dirty on a farm that with fainting goats and visits a bug-breeding facility that specializes in rare and exotic bugs.
- 6. Poo Pot MakerJanuary 15, 200742minTV-14SubtitlesEnglish [CC]Audio languagesEnglishJust when Mike thought he had seen it all, he is hired at a cow farm that specializes in making gardening pots out of cow manure. Then he counts dead salmon carcasses, opens up the mail bag to answer a viewer's question and gets bitten by a snake.
- 7. Mule LoggerJanuary 22, 200742minTV-14SubtitlesEnglish [CC]Audio languagesEnglishMike joins forces with a master-cooper, or in laymen's terms, a barrel maker. Then he heads to the backwoods of Tennessee to work with lumber jacks that cut down giant trees, and pull the timber out of the forest with a team of mules.
- 8. Well DiggerJanuary 29, 200742minTV-14SubtitlesEnglish [CC]Audio languagesEnglishMike joins the Bowie BaySox team acting as a groundskeeper, gets wet and dirty helping secure boat moorings, then joins Watson Water company to dig deep through mud, rock, gravel, sand and water as they drill for heating and water in Tennessee.
- 9. Cave DiggerFebruary 19, 200744minTV-14SubtitlesEnglish [CC]Audio languagesEnglishMike helps dig tunnels that are used as underground wine caverns. Then he is off to the airport where he does the dirty jobs behind the scenes.
- 10. Salt MinerFebruary 26, 200742minTV-14SubtitlesEnglish [CC]Audio languagesEnglishThis behind-the-scenes look at how Dirty Jobs is filmed on location follows Mike Roe to Hutchinson, KS for an up-close look at a salt mine, where he gets down and dirty underground packing explosives into a salt wall.
- 11. Wine MakerMarch 5, 200742minTV-14SubtitlesEnglish [CC]Audio languagesEnglishMike gets dirty in Napa Valley as he takes on the dirty job of making wine. Then he rolls up his sleeves and gets dirty at a Kansas Cattle Ranch where he gets a lesson on how dirty the cattle business can be.
- 12. Steam Ship CleanerMarch 12, 200742minTV-14SubtitlesEnglish [CC]Audio languagesEnglishMike joins forces with two guys from San Diego who have mastered the art of hydro-seeding. Then he rolls up his sleeves on a steam-ship ferry that's over 100 years old and delves into the mailbag to answers a viewer's question.
- 13. Billboard InstallerJune 25, 200744minTV-14SubtitlesEnglish [CC]Audio languagesEnglishMike Rowe teams up with an outdoor advertising company in Texas that teaches him the tricks of their very dirty trade.
- 14. Snake WranglerJuly 9, 200742minTV-14SubtitlesEnglish [CC]Audio languagesEnglishMike Rowe travels to Texas and joins forces with a local snake farm that is dedicated to raising some of the biggest and most dangerous snakes in the world. Mike is scared for his life as he moves giant snakes.
- 15. Leather TannerJuly 16, 200742minTV-14SubtitlesEnglish, English [CC]Audio languagesEnglishMike joins Richard Meyers and his sons in the ancient art of tanning leather. At their tannery in New York, Mike rolls up his sleeves and gets dirty turning stiff cowhides into soft suede soles for bowling shoes.
- 16. Bridge PainterAugust 6, 200742minTV-14SubtitlesEnglish [CC]Audio languagesEnglishMike Rowe and the crew work with Michigan's Mackinac Bridge Authority, one of the world's largest suspension bridges, braving 50-mile-per-hour winds. Then Mike rolls up his sleeves to help with maintenance on NASA's $14 million dollar Space Crawler.
- 17. Vomit Island WorkersAugust 13, 200742minTV-14SubtitlesEnglish [CC]Audio languagesEnglishMike Rowe gets dirty as he braves the untamed world of Vomit Island, a place where few have ever been and even fewer would ever want to go. Mike's mission is to help band and count newly-hatched Herons on the poo covered island.
- 18. Alligator Egg CollectorAugust 20, 200742minTV-14SubtitlesEnglish [CC]Audio languagesEnglishMike Rowe gets dirty as he forages the swamps of Louisiana in search of alligator eggs, 90,000 of them to be exact. It's a job that's helping to preserve the population of the American alligator.
- 19. Wild Goose ChaseAugust 27, 200742minTV-14SubtitlesEnglish [CC]Audio languagesEnglishMike Rowe goes on a wild goose chase, literally! He joins forces with a team of workers that round up a flock of wild geese with airplanes. And on Michigan's Macinac Island, he learns the true meaning (and cost) of horsepower in a place that time forgot.
- 20. Special Effects ArtistOctober 29, 200742minTV-14SubtitlesEnglish, English [CC]Audio languagesEnglishMike exposes the fascinating secrets behind the dirty world of special effects. He explores this very strange world as he is transformed into a real life zombie by a special effects artist. Then, he gets dirty harvesting kelp.
- 21. Reef Ball MakerNovember 5, 200742minTV-14SubtitlesEnglish [CC]Audio languagesEnglishMike's covered from head to toe, cleaning out the insides of muddy tanks for oil drilling, he helps make an artificial underwater reef, key to revitalizing fish and coral populations, and he gets an education in the process of making goat soap.
- 22. Exotic Animal KeeperNovember 12, 200742minTV-14SubtitlesEnglish [CC]Audio languagesEnglishMike works at a recycling center in San Francisco that requires its drivers to clean the backs of their garbage-hauling dump trucks after every shift. Then Mike plays with exotic animals and cleans a cougar-sized kitty litter box.
- 23. Spray Insulation TechnicianNovember 26, 200742minTV-14SubtitlesEnglish [CC]Audio languagesEnglishMike Rowe gets dirty with a team of airport runway painters, examines dirty diapers for bad smells and then teams up with a group of spray insulation technicians that get dirty to keep houses warm.
- 24. Big Animal VetJanuary 7, 200842minTV-14SubtitlesEnglish [CC]Audio languagesEnglishMike Rowe cleans grease at a barbecue joint, experiences the world of llama dentistry and sick horses, and finds himself deep in a New Jersey sludge.
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